Edinburgh Fringe

What to see at Edinburgh Fringe when you are on a budget?

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Edinburgh Fringe
EdinBRA Fringe Comedy

Edinburgh Festival City

The Edinburgh Fringe festival starts on Thursday 2nd August and runs every day till the 26th of August. It is the biggest arts festival in the world and runs alongside the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Fringe Comedy

There are 1339 comedy shows listed on the Edinburgh Fringe Website. So where to start? Maybe you’ve done extensive research and have a list of your favourite comedians you want to see and you’ve already bought your tickets. If so, then well done you! You can smugly sit back and watch everyone else cluelessly wandering around with no idea who is worth seeing.

Clueless and on a budget

If you are arriving at Edinburgh Fringe clueless and on a tight budget then here’s a few tips! Look for free entry shows like The Free Festival

These are “bucket shows” in which the performer asks for a contribution at the end. If you  have enjoyed the show then you something into the bucket. Ticketed shows can be £10 to £30 depending on the comedian.  There are many brilliant comedians performing in the Free Fringe so if enjoyed it and can afford to then stick a £5 in the bucket. However if you really can’t afford it then tell the performer how much you enjoyed the show.

If you are short of time and don’t know which performer to see then Compilation shows like Over The Lyne’s “EdinBRA Fringe Comedy” are ideal.

EdinBRA is a resolving line up of female comedians. So a great chance to see 4 different comedians in one hour. There are many other great compilation shows in the Free Festival for example  Shaggers, 4 comedians doing sex and relationship material or Pick of the Fringe . 

For the kids Huggers, comedians doing bits from their children’s shows (sometimes featuring Over The Lyne’s own Dr Jones Funny Bones).

Money saving tips

Eating out is expensive so why not grab a sandwich and sit outside enjoying the buskers and views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Save on buses and taxis and get your walking shoes on. The city centre of Edinburgh is relatively small and it is easy to get about on foot (if a little hilly in places!).

Above all enjoy yourself there is no where in the world as exciting as Edinburgh in August (in Over The Lyne’s humble opinion).

Like Father Like Son

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Scott Gibson, our headline act from the Whipman marquee comedy gig is BACK! With the follow up show to his Edinburgh Fringe Best New Comer 2016 show “Life After Death”.

Get along to see Scott Gibson at West Linton Bowling Club on the 3rd of December before he heads off touring around the world. Scott genuinely makes OTL’s face ache with laughter! Hope to see a great crowd for this one!

To get your tickets online check on the link below or soon will be available from West Linton Pharmacy (Shop locally)

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/over-the-lyne-comedy-15379167834

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Free stand up shows from Edinburgh Fringe on Audible

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Audible have made 12 stand up shows from this years Edinburgh Fringe available free!

That’s OTL’s weekend sorted.

Is the solo comedy show the new church sermon?

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megaphoneOTL was talking to one of their regular OTL punters yesterday about the shows they’d see at Edinburgh Fringe. This person had noticed how many of the 24 comedy shows  they’d seen that had a serious message. They felt at times preached to instead of primarily entertained. If they wanted to be preached at they would have gone to church!

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Perhaps it is driven by what comedians think will interest reviewers and those who put together award lists. Award winning comedy, it seems these days can’t just be about shows with the funniest jokes and that make the most people laugh. They have to be innovative (perhaps gimmicky) and have a strong message.  Don’t get OTL wrong, we love a show that takes us through a rollercoaster of emotion but thought provoking is one thing but being preached at with the occasional joke is another.

First of all a comedy show has be funny otherwise it should it listed in the spoken word section not in the stand up comedy section!

It is of course it is possible to make people laugh and give a strong political and social message.

What do you think? Please leave a comment below. That’s OTL Sunday sermon finished 😉

https://mosaicscience.com/story/comedy-humour-jokes-political-satire-taboo